#472 Password Management, Surface Pro 3 vs Macbook Air, Screencasting with Screenflow, SwitchResX, Taming the Terminal Part 18b Regular Expressions

Ralph gives me some great advice on how to approach password management for unsophisticated users. I ask the question why Microsoft would choose to compare the Surface Pro 3 to the 13″ Macbook Air. Fun challenges with learning to screencast using Screenflow on the Mac, using SwitchResX from madrau.com as I work with Home Inventory from Binary Formations. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart takes us through Taming the Terminal Part 18b of n – more Regular Expressions.


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Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday May 25, 2014 and this is show number 472. Hey guys – next week I have a wedding to go to, a friend coming in from out of town, AND the intergalactically famous Honda Bob is having his 30 year picnic (Steve and I are his longest living clients so we have to be there) so I’m going to need some help with the show. If you’ve got a cool gadget, software tool, or even a fun rant about some technology, how about doing a listener review for me? If you haven’t done one before, there’s a link in the toolbar over on podfeet.com with some great guidelines on how to record your own review. I go over how long it should be, what kind of hardware and software you can use, and the format for recording. I’d sure appreciate the help! Well let’s dig into the show because THIS week I have tons of content!

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More Advice on Password Management for Unsophisticated Users

Surface Pro 3 Doesn’t Compare to 13″ Macbook Air

Screencasting Fun Challenges

Clarify

My buddy Mike seems to think that I’m first tier support for anything made by Apple. His faith in me is fun of course, but I keep thinking he could get better help. Last week he sent me an email when I was super busy asking for help with his brand new iPhone. I shot him a note suggesting that he call Apple, you know, those people who know everything about their devices? He wrote back that he would accept second tier support if I insisted. Well he called them and he said that a) the guy didn’t help him, kept saying, “it’s not supposed to do that” and “you must be doing it wrong”, and then b) was rude to him. Not great. His problem actually happened to be about his email so he called his hosting company and they were nicer but also unhelpful so he escalated to my support.

This was one of the most challenging support calls I’ve had, and probably why the other guys weren’t able to help him. I had no way of seeing what he was doing on his phone. His problem was that he could send email on his account but he couldn’t receive emails. We went back and forth for at least a half hour and I was hopelessly lost on what he was doing and seeing. He tried really hard to keep me informed of what he was doing but it was still really hard. Finally I asked him if he’d mind sharing his account info with me. He could easily change it afterwards so he agreed. I went through step by step setting it up on MY phone and I took screenshots with the iPhone as I went along. You can do that by simply holding down the top button and the home button at the same time and you hear a fake camera shutter go off.

You have to have guessed what happened – it worked on my phone. I bet at least half of you have guessed what I did next. The photos shwooshed up into iCloud and back down into my Aperture library via Photostream, and from there I was able to drag each one into Clarify. Ok, technically they were WAY too high resolution so I took screenshots of them with the built in tool in Clarify. This sounds tedious but it wasn’t because once I took one good shot, I could flip to the next image in Aperture and hit the R key in Clarify which grabs the previous capture area and boom, I had another good shot. After I did that, I put a few annotations on, entered some text here and there and then pushed it out to a PDF from Clarify and mailed it off to Mike.

Sadly he was so sick of dealing with his phone by the time I sent it that he went to the beach to get away from it (and I sure didn’t blame him) but a couple of days later he got his energy to go back in and do battle. With my Clarify tutorial, he got it to work! So. How can you become a hero too? Head on over to clarify-it.com/download/beta to get a copy of the Clarify 2 beta and give it a try. And you know to tell them Allison sent you, right?

Chit Chat Across the Pond

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Important Security Updates:

Important Securtity News:

Notable Breaches:

Suggested Reading:

A quick sorbet – “Correlation does not imply Causation”

Spurious Connections is a fun blog graphically illustrating the point that correlation does not at all imply causation – http://www.tylervigen.com/

E.g. ‘Worldwide non-commercial space launches’ correlates with ‘Sociology doctorates awarded in the US’ – http://www.tylervigen.com/view_correlation?id=805. I guess that means sociologists launch rockets!

Main Topic

Taming the Terminal Part 18b of n – text is the second half of this blog post: http://www.bartbusschots.ie/blog/?p=3856

That’s going to wind this up for this week, many thanks to our sponsor for helping to pay the bills, Blue Mango Learning at bluemangolearning.com makers of Clarify. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at allison@podfeet.com, follow me on twitter and app.net @podfeet. Check out the NosillaCast Google Plus Community too – lots of fun over there! If you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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